The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested former deputy CM Manish Sisodia in connection with its money laundering probe linked to the Delhi government’s now-scrapped excise policy. This happened a day before Sisodia's bail plea hearing in the court,
Sisodia was questioned by ED officials before his arrest in Tihar jail where he has been lodged following his earlier arrest on February 26 by the CBI over the same policy.
The ED case was registered on a CBI FIR filed last year. In January, ED filed a supplementary chargesheet and claimed that the excise policy was created by top leaders of AAP to generate and channel illegal funds to themselves. The ED alleged that “the conspiracy was to give wholesale business to private entities and fix 12% margin (to get 6% kickback out of the same)”.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Manish was first arrested by the CBI. CBI did not find any evidence, no money was found in the raid. There is a bail hearing tomorrow. Manish would have been released tomorrow. So today ED arrested him. They have only one aim – to keep Manish inside at all costs by creating new fake cases everyday. The public is watching. It will answer.”